TIF 2018- USA Honored country | Talks&Events, Harnessing the Power of Innovation and Creativity


I feel very honored for my participation in the conference organized by the Propeller Club of the United States- Port of Piraeus and meanwhile very pleased that  I was given the opportunity to present a brief speech regarding  the Modern Maritime Role of Thessaloniki in the International Transportation Chain by giving particular emphasis on the following:

“The Key growth pillars of a successful maritime cluster in Thessaloniki are:
• the establishment  of high academic level maritime studies,
• the stable and favorable fiscal framework
• the access to financing, and
• the improvement  of the regulatory environment

As a man of Shipping, I have to intensify my efforts to make shipping and naval education the leading choice among the professional preferences of the new generation. The establishment of an International Maritime University is required more than ever in order to cultivate the marine culture and knowledge to young people in Greece and keep the position of the  leading country of Shipping and Seamen ”

Greetings: The Ambassador of USA to Athens Greece, Mr. Geoffrey R. Pyatt.  Panel Discussion (L to R): Mr. George Xiradakis, President of the International Propeller Club of the United States- Port of Piraeus | Mr. Sotirios Theofanis, Chairman of the BoD & CEO, ThPA S.A. | Mr. Vasilis Korkidis, President of ESEE & Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry | Mr. Dimitrios Mattheou, Governor of Propeller Club of Piraeus, CEO of Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd. | Dr. Stavros D. Tsolakis, President of Propeller Club of Thessaloniki, President of DST Shipping Group